Thursday, November 25, 2021



Plutarch, Sayings of Kings and Commanders: Hegesippus (Moralia 187 E; tr. Frank Cole Babbitt, with his note):
Hegesippus, nicknamed 'Topknot,'c in a public address was inciting the Athenians against Philip, when someone in the Assembly commented audibly, "You are bringing on war." "Yes, by Heaven, I am," said he, "and black clothes and public funerals and orations over the graves of the dead, if we intend to live as free men, and not to do what is enjoined upon us by the Macedonians."

c Because of his affectation in wearing his hair in a knot on the top of his head, in the very old-fashioned manner. Aeschines the orator regularly uses this name in speaking of him. For the "crobylus" see F. Studniczka, in the Appendix to Classen's edition of Thucydides, i. 6. 3.

Ἡγησίππου τοῦ Κρωβύλου προσαγορευομένου παροξύνοντος τοὺς Ἀθηναίους ἐπὶ Φίλιππον, ὑπεφώνησέ τις ἐκ τῆς ἐκκλησίας, "πόλεμον εἰσηγῇ;" "ναὶ μὰ Δία," εἶπε, "καὶ μέλανα ἱμάτια καὶ δημοσίας ἐκφορὰς καὶ λόγους ἐπιταφίους, εἰ μέλλομεν ἐλεύθεροι βιώσεσθαι καὶ μὴ ποιήσειν τὸ προσταττόμενον Μακεδόσι."
Babbitt's reference is to Franz Studniczka, "Die altattische Haartracht," in Thukydides erklärt von J. Classen. Erster Band. Einleitung. Erstes Buch. Vierte Auflage bearbeitet von J. Steup (Berlin: Weidmann, 1897), pp. 330-340. See also Franz Studniczka, "Krobylos und Tettiges: ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der altgriechischen Tracht," Jahrbuch des Kaiserlich Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 11 (1896) 248-291.

Hegesippus was a war hawk, an acerrimus belli concitator (Tacitus, Histories 3.2, of Antonius Primus).

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